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The pilot stated that whilst aerial mustering he attempted to push a beast out from under a bush. The beast ran out from under the bush but headed away from the main mob. The pilot was attempting to turn the beast back towards the mob, when his passenger warned him of a power line which was in close proximity to the aircraft. The pilot stated that he flared the aircraft abruptly to try and avoid the power line, but the aircraft then began to sink and the main rotor struck the power line. The aircraft then struck the ground heavily after falling about 30 feet.

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General details
Date: 15 November 1990 Investigation status: Completed 
Time: 1500  
Location:Dalgonally Station ( 75 km NW Julia Creek) Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Queensland Occurrence type: Wirestrike 
Release date: 13 December 1990 Occurrence class: Operational 
Report status: Final Occurrence category: Accident 
 Highest injury level: None 
Aircraft details
Aircraft manufacturer: Robinson Helicopter Co 
Aircraft model: R22 
Aircraft registration: VH-JXU 
Serial number: 1435 
Type of operation: Aerial Work 
Sector: Helicopter 
Damage to aircraft: Substantial 
Departure point:Dalgonally Station QLD
Departure time:N/K
Destination:Dalgonally Station QLD
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